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'''Absalom Station''' is a sprawling, densely inhabited [[space station]] filling a similar orbit that the [[Gap|forgotten]] [[planet]] [[Golarion]] once held around its [[Sun|sun]]. Its inhabitants include [[race]]s native to, or descended from natives of, Golarion, making the station the last relic of the lost planet remaining in the [[Pact Worlds system]].<ref name="blog-20160930">{{Cite web|url=http://paizo.com/paizo/blog/v5748dyo5lj4s|author=[[James L. Sutter]]|date=September 30, 2016|title=Starfinder—What We've Revealed So Far|page=Paizo blog}}</ref><ref name="polygon">{{Cite web|url=http://www.polygon.com/features/2016/11/17/13625140/starfinder-rpg-pathfinder|title=Starfinder hopes to do for space opera what D&D has done for fantasy|date=November 17, 2016|author=Charlie Hall|page=Polygon}}</ref><ref name="GI">{{Cite web|url=http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2016/12/09/top-of-the-table-the-starfinder-interview.aspx?PostPageIndex=2|title=Top of the Table: The Starfinder Interview, Page 2|date=December 9, 2016|page=Game Informer|author=Matt Miller}}</ref> The station is also a focal point of the [[galaxy]] due to its role in [[space travel|faster-than-light travel]] via the [[Drift]].<ref name="GI" />
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'''Absalom Station''' is a sprawling, densely inhabited [[space station]] filling a similar orbit that the [[Gap|forgotten]] [[planet]] [[Golarion]] once held around its [[Sun|sun]]. Its inhabitants include [[race]]s native to, or descended from natives of, Golarion, making the station the last relic of the lost planet remaining in the [[Pact Worlds system]]. The station is also a focal point of the [[galaxy]] due to the ''[[Starstone]]'', which makes the station effectively near every place in the [[galaxy]] via the [[Drift]].<ref name="CRB-440-441">{{Cite book/Core Rulebook|440-441}}</ref>
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== History ==
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While the station is a technological marvel, its history stretches back centuries into the span of lost history known as the [[Gap]].
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=== Pre-Gap ===
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Absalom Station's origins, builders, and even its reason for existence are lost to the Gap and remain unknown. It occupies the orbit once held by pre-Gap Golarion, and records have linked the name "Absalom" to a {{pfw|Absalom|prominent city}} in the missing planet's pre-Gap history. These facts, along with the presence of Golarion-native races on the station, led scholars to guess that Absalom Station was built by [[mortal]] natives of Golarion, but even this is supposition.<ref name="SFAP1-40">{{Cite book/Incident at Absalom Station|40}}</ref>
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=== After Gap ===
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Absalom Station has been the focal point of many of the Pact Worlds system's most important events.
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[[0 AG|Immediately after the Gap]], the station's residents were suddenly without a homeworld, history, or even societal structures, leading to anarchy and violence. If not for a nearly catastrophic atmospheric systems malfunction, the station's residents might not have ended its lawless violence to form the [[Syndicsguild]] &mdash; a governmental council formed by the leaders of the rampant gangs &mdash; and elect its inaugural [[Prime Executive]], [[Loqua Tem]].<ref name="SFAP1-40" />
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[[Triune|Triune's]] gift of Drift travel in [[3 AG]] quickly thrust the station into the galactic limelight. The ''Starstone'' that powers the station served as a powerful Drift beacon that drew newly gifted Drift-traveling visitors from across the galaxy.<ref name="SFAP1-40" />
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In [[7 AG]], the [[Bone Sages]] of [[Eox]] launched the [[Magefire Assault]] in an attempt to capture the station by force. Its powerful defenses, however, held off the [[undead]] fleet.<ref name="SFAP1-40" />
  
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After [[vesk]] incursions into the Golarion system (as the Pact Worlds system was then known) in [[36 AG]], officials from Absalom Station, [[Verces]], and [[Castrovel]] called for the formation of a system-wide defense and governance pact. The [[Absalom Pact]] was named for the station, and the Pact Worlds' formation made Absalom Station its effective capital.<ref name="CRB-426">{{Cite book/Core Rulebook|426}}</ref><ref name="CRB-440-441" />
  
 
== Economy, trade, and travel ==
 
== Economy, trade, and travel ==
  
Absalom Station is a hub of intragalactic space travel<ref name="GI" /> thanks to the [[Starstone]], which serves as a mysterious but extremely powerful [[Drift beacon]]. Thanks to the Starstone, a ship with a [[Drift engine]] in Drift-accessible points of the galaxy can reach Absalom Station in less than a week, even if travel to any other location would take longer.<ref name="GD">{{Cite web|url=https://geekdad.com/2017/05/drift-geekdad-exclusive-look-at-starfinder/|title=The Drift: GeekDad Exclusive Look at ‘Starfinder.’ Watch Your Mouth, Kid, or You’ll Find Yourself Floating Home!|page=GeekDad|date=May 24, 2017|author=Ryan Hiller}}</ref>
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Absalom Station is a hub of intragalactic space travel thanks to the ''Starstone'', which both powers the station and serves as a mysterious but extremely powerful Drift beacon. Thanks to the ''Starstone'', a [[starship]] with a [[Drift engine]] in Drift-accessible points of the galaxy can reach Absalom Station in less than a week, even if travel to any other location would take longer.
  
 
== Government ==
 
== Government ==
  
The station is a neutral space for the Pact Worlds system's inhabitants.<ref name="GI" /> [[Security robot]]s manufactured by [[AbadarCorp]] help to enforce its laws, though some complain that the best-equipped models patrol only the station's wealthiest neighborhoods.<ref name="FC-13">{{Cite book/First Contact|13}}</ref>
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The station is a neutral space for the Pact Worlds system's inhabitants. [[Security robot]]s manufactured by [[AbadarCorp]] help to enforce its laws, though some complain that the best-equipped models patrol only the station's wealthiest neighborhoods.<ref name="FC-13">{{Cite book/First Contact|13}}</ref>
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==

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Absalom Station
Absalom Station
(Cosmos)
Titles The Nexus
Type Space station
Diameter 3/5000x
Mass 1/100x
Gravity 1x
Atmosphere Artificial
Year length (PST) 1 year
Day length (PST) 1 day (artificial)
Orbits Sun
System Pact Worlds system
Inhabitants Races formerly of Golarion
Organization Starfinder Society
Images of Absalom Station

Source: Core Rulebook, pg(s). 440-441
Absalom Station
(City)
Population 2,130,000
Demographics 46% human, 9% android, 9% ysoki, 7% lashunta, 5% shirren, 4% dwarf, 4% halfling, 4% kasatha, 3% vesk, 2% gnome, 1% nuar, 6% other
Government Council (Syndicsguild)
Ruler Prime Executive Kumara Melacruz
Images of Absalom Station

Source: Incident at Absalom Station, pg(s). 40

Absalom Station is a sprawling, densely inhabited space station filling a similar orbit that the forgotten planet Golarion once held around its sun. Its inhabitants include races native to, or descended from natives of, Golarion, making the station the last relic of the lost planet remaining in the Pact Worlds system. The station is also a focal point of the galaxy due to the Starstone, which makes the station effectively near every place in the galaxy via the Drift.[1]

History

While the station is a technological marvel, its history stretches back centuries into the span of lost history known as the Gap.

Pre-Gap

Absalom Station's origins, builders, and even its reason for existence are lost to the Gap and remain unknown. It occupies the orbit once held by pre-Gap Golarion, and records have linked the name "Absalom" to a prominent city Click this link to see if this article exists on PathfinderWiki. in the missing planet's pre-Gap history. These facts, along with the presence of Golarion-native races on the station, led scholars to guess that Absalom Station was built by mortal natives of Golarion, but even this is supposition.[2]

After Gap

Absalom Station has been the focal point of many of the Pact Worlds system's most important events.

Immediately after the Gap, the station's residents were suddenly without a homeworld, history, or even societal structures, leading to anarchy and violence. If not for a nearly catastrophic atmospheric systems malfunction, the station's residents might not have ended its lawless violence to form the Syndicsguild — a governmental council formed by the leaders of the rampant gangs — and elect its inaugural Prime Executive, Loqua Tem.[2]

Triune's gift of Drift travel in 3 AG quickly thrust the station into the galactic limelight. The Starstone that powers the station served as a powerful Drift beacon that drew newly gifted Drift-traveling visitors from across the galaxy.[2]

In 7 AG, the Bone Sages of Eox launched the Magefire Assault in an attempt to capture the station by force. Its powerful defenses, however, held off the undead fleet.[2]

After vesk incursions into the Golarion system (as the Pact Worlds system was then known) in 36 AG, officials from Absalom Station, Verces, and Castrovel called for the formation of a system-wide defense and governance pact. The Absalom Pact was named for the station, and the Pact Worlds' formation made Absalom Station its effective capital.[3][1]

Economy, trade, and travel

Absalom Station is a hub of intragalactic space travel thanks to the Starstone, which both powers the station and serves as a mysterious but extremely powerful Drift beacon. Thanks to the Starstone, a starship with a Drift engine in Drift-accessible points of the galaxy can reach Absalom Station in less than a week, even if travel to any other location would take longer.

Government

The station is a neutral space for the Pact Worlds system's inhabitants. Security robots manufactured by AbadarCorp help to enforce its laws, though some complain that the best-equipped models patrol only the station's wealthiest neighborhoods.[4]

References